The Phantom Father (2011)
"Tatal fantoma" (original title)

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American professor Robert Traum embarks on an adventurous and amusing journey through Bucovina to find Sami the projectionist, the only person alive that can tell him anything about his ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Robert Traum
Barry Gifford ...
Mihaela Sirbu ...
Valer Delakeza ...
Mihai Constantin ...
Mayor Codrescu
Mimi Branescu ...
Victor Rebengiuc ...
Uncle Petre
Mariana Mihut ...
Aunt Florica
Iosif Pastina ...
small Robert
Nicodim Ungureanu ...
Hotel Receptionist
Vitalie Bantas ...
Marcel Cobzariu ...
Vladimir (as Marcello Cobzariu)
Mirela Oprisor ...
Woman from Italy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrei Aradits ...
Codrescu Sr. (as Andrei Araditz)
Adriana Butoi ...
Sara Traum


American professor Robert Traum embarks on an adventurous and amusing journey through Bucovina to find Sami the projectionist, the only person alive that can tell him anything about his Romanian Jewish descent. His symbolic journey is filled with danger, the unknown and the surreal, but finally rewarded with a double love: on the one hand he finds romantic love, on the other the passion for old cinema, nomad, popular, naive and generous. Written by Lucian Georgescu

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For actress Mariana Mihut, The Phantom Father represents a return to Romanian cinema after an absence of almost 20 years. Her last film before The Phantom Father had been "Cel Mai Iubit Dintre Pamanteni", in 1993. See more »


Robert Traum: You have a beautiful country.
Woman from Italy: Beautiful my ass!
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Wonderful regional movie
2 June 2012 | by (Timisoara) – See all my reviews

One of the best regional movies I have watched so far. IT really captures the best current state of affairs in Romania. The movie is funny and has a wonderful story which tells a lot about the way of life in this country and how it is changing everyday.

This country has a rich and wonderful history and at the same time a past which has not only destroyed the people's hopes and drams but also erased parts of this wonderful history. the movie has captured this concept wonderfully.

I enjoyed the movie till the end, the actors are simply wonderful. The acting is natural.The scenes are not set in a set up which is the way in modern day movies. instead this movie is shot int he nature in the cities and towns of this country giving you the raw taste of this country's culture and tradition. For all those who are looking for an alternate from main stream movies I recommend this one.

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